5¢ Buff (67), block of four, large part original gum, hinge remnants, bright shade that we would classify as closer to Brown Yellow (Scott 67a)
Henry J. Duveen (listed in Phillips's November 1922 book)
Arthur Hind, Phillips-Kennett sale, 11/20-24/1933, lot 262, to Ward
Wharton Sinkler, Eugene Klein sale, 5/17/1940, Sale 117, lot 91, to Ward
Philip H. Ward, Jr. (estate sold to Weills in 1963)
Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)
Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 401, to William H. Gross
The Philatelic Foundation (1993)
Extremely Fine centering, but creased, slightly gum stained and there is a small repaired hole in the bottom left stamp--uniqueness forgives these flaws
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
Despite the value of four singles with original gum at $110,000.00, the Scott Catalogue values this unique block at $11,500.00, explaining, "The unused block of 4 is unique but very faulty. Value is based on actual 1993 sale." It is true that Mr. Gross acquired this 26 years ago for $11,500 in the Ishikawa sale. One should expect the value to be updated to its new realization after the Gross sale is concluded
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.
Due to narrow spacing on the 5c 1861 plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with its choice centering and fresh color, may be considered a true condition rarity.
Ex Curtis. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only four others share this grade.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE THREE-COLOR FRANKING OF THE 1861 ISSUE IN EARLY SHADES, USED TO PAY THE 45-CENT RATE TO CHINA VIA MARSEILLES. USED WITHIN THE FIRST MONTH OF ISSUE FOR ALL THREE STAMPS.
With 1979 P.F. certificate
FINE. A SCARCE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF.
With 1992 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates